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Chocolate Espresso Cookies

CEC4Spring is just around the corner.  And honestly, I can’t wait.  We’ve had some snow flurries the past two weeks, and that put my kids in a tizzy.  Matthew was jumping around the house saying, “No school! No school!”  I think in his head, just a few drops of snow equals schools closing.  To be fair, this winter in the Pacific Northwest has been quite unusual, and every time it snowed, school was either cancelled or delayed.


I think I told you about this crazy puppy we decided to adopt.  He has been fun, but, he is, well…a puppy.  Potty accidents have become a daily ritual, kid stuffies have been mauled, and my dining room furniture has turned into a chew toy.  And this is after having him sectioned off to just the kitchen.  My happy place is currently not so happy, as I can’t turn my back to him because I need to constantly self-direct.  Sigh…it’s okay.  This too shall pass and he’ll grow up, and the vigilance I am trying to do now should pay off down the road, right? Continue reading

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7 Layer Bars


Today hit a high of 50 degrees.  You’d think it was spring, based on all the people I saw wearing shorts and sweatshirts around downtown Portland.  It almost will be, since we dealt with freezing temperatures for about a month now.  20 degrees warmer and we’re pulling out the lighter gear and sunglasses! (Haha.  Seriously though, who are these people?)


The warmer weather must be messing with my brain, because I have had sudden urges to clean out my linen closet, pantry, and deep clean the laundry room.  That is where I remembered, as I was reorganizing and de-cluttering my pantry, that I had all the ingredients to make 7-layer bars.  It seemed fitting, and rewarding, after all the hard work to make these simply irresistible, and super addicting, bars. Continue reading

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Coffee Toffee Bars


Well, it’s officially autumn.  The leaves are falling in droves, the air is crisp and cool, and the gourds are out in full swing.  The weather today has been cool and cloudy, and all I want to do is curl up with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and a good book.  I wasn’t able to get in a lot of reading time today (a.k.a I-have-young-kids-and-they-don’t-sit-for-very-long), but I did make these a-m-a-z-i-n-g bars.  My aunts have made them for decades and I finally asked for the recipe.  Not sure what took me so long.  They have the right amount of coffee flavor to chocolate chip flavor.  Just perfect, if you ask me.


When I gave some to my son, he said, “Mommy, I love coffee!” Ah, yeah, let’s wait on the coffee part a little bit longer.  I’ve heard it stunts your growth.  Or maybe that’s an old wives’ tale, so that kids wouldn’t drink all the adults’ coffee.  Not sure. Continue reading

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Scones


It NEVER fails.  Every time I go to a coffee shop, I always order a scone with my drink.  I don’t know what compels me to do so.  Maybe I subconsciously think that my coffee will taste better.  Maybe I just really like scones.  Rarely do I order the same scone, but I always order the same drink.  I know, I’m weird like that.


I have had scones that are dry, dense, and hard.  (Maybe that’s where the coffee/scone combo came into my head–the coffee helped me eat the scones!)  These scones are flaky and soft and anything but dry.  The cinnamon adds a nice touch and is not overpowering at all.  Eating it with a dab of the lemon cream makes it taste like heaven–light and refreshing.  Continue reading

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I have the lucky privilege of having my parents and my husband’s parents living close by.  And I love it, because my kids get to spend time with both grandparents, something I wish I had growing up.  This Mother’s Day, I had the pleasure of having my in-laws over for dinner and I decided to make this for dessert.

If I were to create a family tree with desserts, I would say that blondies are brownies’ cousin.  They have so many similarities–from their chewy and fudgy texture to the unlimited add-ons and mix-ins.  And, of course, they are made in a bar pan.  (I have seen brownies in cupcake form, and you can try them here, but most are not.  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen blondies in a cupcake.  Hmmm….an idea to try another time for sure!)

Anyway, what I love about these blondies is that they have EVERYTHING–nuts, chocolate, white chocolate, coconut, and caramel.  You can’t go wrong with this recipe.   Continue reading

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Chocolate Revel Bars


Hi Long Lost Friends! Since it’s been a little while since I’ve written, I thought that such a salutation was appropriate.  The last time I wrote, I was pregnant.  Well, not anymore! Grace joined our family on November 16th, and Eric and I couldn’t have been happier.  Okay, not happier at those 4 A.M. feedings, but other than that, Grace has been such a blessing.  Matthew has adjusted pretty well too; being all of 2, it’s hard to ask for more.  But other than trying to poke her in the eyes, (what is up with little ones fascinated by eyes??), he has been a good older brother–alerting me when she cries, laying down next to her and giving her hugs, and sharing his toys or food with Grace, because “Gracie wants it Mommy,” as he says.

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GraceBecause I have been doing most of the feedings, and taking care of a toddler while Eric is at work, baking has not been high on my list.  (I didn’t realize how easy taking care of one kid was!)  But, oh, how I missed it.  I would fantasize about all that I wanted to bake during late night feedings, clip out recipes of every kind from anywhere I could find them, and journal in my notebook of what I wanted to make and how I wanted to tweak it.  (Yes, I’m weird like that.)  My dry spell ended a few days ago, even though half of me wanted to take a nap.  The kitchen was calling my name and it was too strong to resist.  Continue reading


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Pecan Bars

I love the changing of the seasons.  While it took a little while for summer to get here, I was glad it lingered for quite some time.   (Last weekend was our last, nice, summer-y weather until next July–usually our summers end by the first week of October.)  However, it was apparent by the weather this past weekend that fall has definitely arrived.  My husband and I have been drinking apple cider like nobody’s business, and we braved the rain and wind to tote around the pumpkin patch to get that perfect pumpkin for carving.

Along with the changing of seasons, our season of life is changing too.  As you probably already know, Eric and I are transitioning to welcome another baby–this time a girl.  Just four more weeks to go!  (Panic and nesting modes have begun to settle in.)  We currently live in a 2 bedroom, 1000 square-foot condo, which means Matthew will share a bedroom with her.  There are certainly some positives to kids sharing rooms, but we are starting to feel a little cramped.  Good thing the kids are small.  As a result, we’ve moved our desk downstairs to create a bit more room, which means I have given up my desktop, where I know where every file is, to sharing a laptop with Eric and having every file and photo on an external drive, where I do not know where everything is. 

But what has been the hardest for me to come to terms with is that I cannot do it all.  Continue reading


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